The Rub - Anthology (parts 1 & 2) was recorded in 1983 over a 6 month period. These recordings were an attempt to capture every song we had collectively written as of that date. We weren't entirely happy with many of them, and many were not completed. There were many songs that didn't make it on the recording session, either because we found them no longer relevant, or we just didn't care that much about them. We were just glad to have them on record while some of the old members were still happy to participate. I have credited the musicians to the best of my recollection (it has been 27 years). The year they were written is recorded after each track.
Dan often borrowed from his old songs to make new ones with each different band he started, and this sometimes can be confusing. Around this time he started Pain & Love, which was basically The Rub without me after I quit playing with the band. I had quit before we made these recordings. Because it was all one recording session, we keep them all together. I played on various versions of the following songs, but they were primarily performed and played best by:
Pain & Love - Dan, Tim, & Eric: (Pt.1 - trks.1,4,5,) (Pt.2 - trks. 9,11,18.19).
Many of the other songs were performed live by Pain & Love also.
(Pt.1 - trk.19) was Dan & Erics pet project.
There is also a missing tape from the anthology which included songs originally written for The Farting Clods: Many have renditions included in The Rub Live at The Shockwave. The originals were much better versions: Mickey Pheiffer did not sing them. Uncle Scrooges Last Cent (trk.14) is the earliest tune I recall Dan playing with an amplifier, and is the home of creation for many of his original riffs. It sounded somewhat different each time.(as did every song he wrote) Granite Man was no. 2.
Tom Russell, Fall 2010
Rub Anthology Pt.2
1. Babysittin' (on my face) (1972 bros.)
2. Knuckle Sandwich (1972 bros.)
3. Get a Tan (1972 bros.)
4. Dutch Rub (1980 T)
5. Fine Line on Nine (1973 D)
6. It's Just too Bad (1972 bros.)
7. Useless Without Bones (1973 D)
8. That One (all improvs. called "That One")
9. On the Trail of the Wild Slug (1979 D)
10. I Cry Tough (1980 T)
11. Killbox Fit (1980 D)
12. Billy in the Fields (1974 bros.)
13. Beg, Steal, or Borrow (1982 bros.)
14. Uncle Scrooges' Last Cent (1971 D)
15. It's Like Wow (1981 T)
16. Blue Lights (1982 T)
17. Scared of It (1979 T)
18. Absolute Clod (1982 D)
19. Hello (1982 D)
Dan Russell - Guitar trks.1-14,16,18,19, Bass trks.2-6,10,12,14,15,17 Piano trk. 9,
Farfisa Organ trk.17, Vocals1-3,6,7 Backup Vocals
Tom Russell - Violin trks.1-6,12,18 Mandocaster trks.10,15,17, Bass trks.7,13,16,
Vocals trks. 3,10,13,15,16, Backup Vocals trks. 3,6,13
Tim Taebel - Bass trks.1,8,9,11,18,19
Eric Baldwin - Drums trks.1-19, Marimba trk.13,Triangle Trk.10
All songs written by The Russell Bros. (as indicated T, D, or bros.)
(All rights reserved Russell Bros. Music 1983)
There is also a missing tape from the anthology. The recordings were primarily
songs from our "The Farting Clods" band in which I was the lead vocalist.
Sad representations of some of these can be heard (see: The Rub Live at The
Shockwave). See my story in the Stories section of the Flint Underground Music Archive for other bands and members who branched
from this band.